20th Annual Healthcare Symposium

Featuring Robert Wachter, MD

The New York Times Science Bestselling Author 



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Robert Wachter

Robert Wachter, MD

The New York Times Science Bestseller

University of California, San Francisco

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also directs the Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist" in 1996 and is generally considered the “father" of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government's two leading websites on safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the world's leading patient safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the most influential physician-executive in the U.S., his eighth consecutive year in the top 50. He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His blog, www.wachtersworld.org, is one of the nation's most popular healthcare blogs.

His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. In its review, the Times said, “Janus is the god of medicine these days, and it is the great strength of Wachter's eloquent new book that it has captured every one of these conflicting emotions, all powerfully felt and intelligently analyzed... Most previous authors have chosen sides, either mourning the old or hailing the new. Wachter is unusual for his equipoise. He is old enough to remember the way things used to work (or fail to work), young enough to be reasonably technology friendly... He is also an exceptionally good, fluent writer." And Atul Gawande said, “The Digital Doctor is the eye-opening, well-told, and frustrating story of how computerization is pulling medicine apart with only a vague promise of putting it back together again. I kept muttering, ‘Exactly!' while reading it, and that is a measure of Wachter's accomplishment in telling the tale."

Wachter is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and received the school's alumni of the year award in 2015. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCSF, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University.

Aydogan Ozcan

Aydogan Ozcan, PhD

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Ozcan is the Chancellor's Professor at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Dr. Ozcan holds 31 issued patents (all of which are licensed) and >20 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of more than 400 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director's New Innovator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and MIT's TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics. Dr. Ozcan is also the recipient of the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, Netexplorateur Award, Microscopy Today Innovation Award, and the Wireless Innovation Award organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the Okawa Foundation Award.

Daniel Hommes

Daniel Hommes, MD, PhD

UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Hommes is Director of the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Director of Quality for the Division of Digestive Diseases and a member of the UCLA Value-based Care Redesign Team. He was recruited from the Netherlands where he chaired the department of Gastroenterology of a large academic hospital, and in addition he was the architect of a nationwide collaborative initiative of the central Dutch biobank for 8 chronic diseases. Dr. Hommes served as the president for the European Society for IBD. At UCLA, Dr. Hommes' team has built out new programs for the management of chronic diseases based upon the principles of value-based health care.

Patricia Lester

Patricia Lester, MD

Nathanson Family Resilience Center

At the UCLA Semel Institute, Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and Medical Director of the Child and Family Trauma Service.

A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Lester's research and clinical work have been dedicated to the development, evaluation, and implementation of family centered prevention and treatment for families facing the impact of military deployments, traumatic events, and parental illness. She co-developed the family-centered preventive intervention FOCUS which was designed to promote resilience and mitigate stress in families facing adversities such as natural disasters, medical illness, and military wartime deployments. Over the last 3 years, she has led the successful large scale implementation of FOCUS for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, as well as piloting at Army and Air Force sites. Dr. Lester oversees the on-line FOCUS learning center and evaluation programming, which utilizes web-based technologies to support program implementation at scale. She is well-versed in the scientific and programmatic issues facing military families, and serves as an advisor on the needs of military children and families across military, university and non-profit agencies. She is also the co-principle investigator on a Department of Defense study to evaluate the impact of wartime deployment reintegration on young military children and their families.

Her work has been supported by the Department of Defense, the US Department of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP

Chief Information Officer
UCLA Health Sciences
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Michael Pfeffer, MD, FACP serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the UCLA Health Sciences, which is comprised of the UCLA Hospital System, the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, and the David Geffen School of Medicine. Michael is responsible for the development and operations of the information systems, the overall health IT strategic plan, and the implementation of transformative and innovative technologies to further UCLA’s mission of healing humankind one patient at a time. With UCLA’s initial "Big-Bang" go-live in March 2013, Michael was the lead physician for UCLA's electronic health record encompassing over 26,000 users.


Michael also serves as a core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program, focusing on information technology solutions for educating residents and improving transitions of care. In addition, he continues to practice as an academic hospitalist, working with residents and medical students in the care of patients.

Michael graduated from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCLA.

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Christina Chung

Christina Chung, MS2

Christina Chung is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Born and raised a Bruin, she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience with Departmental Honors and minored in Philosophy at UCLA in 2014. In addition to being greatly involved in the Regents Scholar Society at UCLA throughout college, she evaluated biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease research and conducted preclinical drug studies. She is currently investigating catheter efficacy in pediatric electrophysiology. In her spare time, Christina enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling around the world, and watching musicals with family and friends.

Megan McConnell

Megan McConnell, MS2

Megan McConnell is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended UCLA for her undergraduate career. In 2013 she graduated from UCLA with a BS in Human Biology and Society, concentrating in Medicine and Public Health. While in college, Megan worked as an EMT for UCLA EMS and conducted research on health disparities in the Deaf community. Currently, she is one of the interest group leaders for the Genetics Interest Group and medical genetics selective. She hopes to incorporate genetics into the specialty she chooses to pursue. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, dance, and attending local farmer’s markets.

Nora Badiner

Nora Badiner, MS2

Nora Badiner is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She was born and raised in San Francisco and attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies. She graduated in 2013 with a BS in Human Biology and Society and a minor in Public Health. During college, she was involved in multiple organizations, including T.E.A.C.H., where she mentored kids and taught them about health issues. Nora has always been passionate about children’s health, especially preventive medicine, and conducted research on pediatric obesity during undergrad. She is interested in the evolving ways in which genetics can be used to improve patient care. In her spare time, Nora enjoys cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants and exploring Los Angeles.

Ezinne Ihenachor

Ezinne Ihenachor, MS2

Ezinne Ihenachor is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and earned her bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Brown University. She spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Program in Nutritional Metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital before entering medical school. Currently, Ezinne conducts laryngology research with an interest in vocal fold paresis. A product of inner-city public schools, she is passionate about mentorship and spends her Saturday mornings teaching anatomy and physiology to middle school students from underserved areas in Los Angeles. In her free time, Ezinne enjoys writing short stories, attending poetry readings, watching musicals and scrap-booking.

Photo credit: Allison Van Vooren

John Mazziotta

John Mazziotta, MD, PhD


Clarence H. Braddock III

Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH

Vice Dean for Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chief Medical Education Officer, UCLA Health System

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP

Chief Information Officer
UCLA Health Sciences
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Jason Napolitano, MD

Jason Napolitano, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Wendelin Slusser

Wendelin Slusser, MD

Associate Vice Provost
UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative

Jennifer Singer

Jennifer Singer

Assistant Professor
UCLA Department of Urology

Deidre Keeves, PT

Deidre Keeves, PT

Health IT Adoption & Engagement Director
UCLA Health

Bruce Hensel

Bruce Hensel, MD

Associate Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Health and Science Editor/Reporter, NBC-4

The 2016 Health Care Symposium would like to thank our following sponsors for their generous support to this year’s event.